Friday, 19 February 2016
Katrina Krimsky / Trevor Watts – Stella Malu (1981)
The occasional knottier flourish aside, this is a mostly tasteful, elegaic programme, with Krimsky sometimes bringing to mind Harold Budd if he played more notes. The gorgeous highlight 'Crystal Morning' is a perfectly self-descriptive case in point. I'm actually drafting this writeup on a Saturday morning with a light dusting of last night's snow gradually melting in the cemetery across the road, and went straight to this album as a result when I got up. But I'll wind up now before trying anything too fancy and image-descriptive, and leave that sort of stuff to the master. Tyran Grillo, as mentioned previously, can not only totally nail the essence of any ECM record, but deserves eternal kudos for making such a major project out of doing so several hundred times to date.